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January 21, 2022

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This Heart Valve Disease Awareness Week

More than 250,000 people are estimated to be living with undiagnosed heart valve disease.

More than half a million Australians were living with heart valve disease in 2021, with an estimated 254,000 people currently living with the disease undiagnosed. Time is the most significant barrier that prevents elderly patients over the age of 65 having routine stethoscope checks of their heart.

Heart valve disease is a common, serious, but treatable condition if identified early. It can be diagnosed by doing a simple stethoscope heart check. With so many patients being unaware of this, 90 per cent of those suffering from aortic stenosis currently do not make it to treatment.

Aortic stenosis gets progressively worse over time, and without treatment, patients with severe symptoms only have a 50 per cent chance of survival within the next 2 years. Early detection of this disease is essential. Signs of heart valve disease are easily identifiable by a clinician doing a physical examination, including a stethoscope heart check.

Heart valve disease symptoms include:

• Shortness of breath

• Fatigue

• Dizziness

• Difficulty when exercising

• Chest pain

• Swollen ankles and feet

• A rapid/irregular heartbeat

We always appreciate people helping us spread the word. If you would like to get involved in Heart Valve Disease Awareness Week, please email [email protected] for more information and shareable social media assets.

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